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The Junk Post

What an Easter Monday we had yesterday. Don’t worry we have not converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church, it’s just that Kenyan’s celebrate the Easter holidays from Good Friday all the way through Monday.

I started the day off by pulling that big muscle on my back, you know the one on the left side. Said muscle pulling occurred while I was digging up an access point for some plumbing from the shower, which was stopped up and spilling all over the side of the house. Wasn’t straining or anything, just twisted the wrong way I suppose. Still hurts as I’m sitting here this afternoon. Thankfully Kate was able to get some muscle relaxers, though I’m not so thankful for the nausea they are causing.

Despite the pain, though admittedly I numbed it a bit, I was able to grill chicken for the family, while Kate cooked deserts and side dishes. She and the kids also played games with eggs and boxes. All in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection of course.

We will be sending out our monthly email newsletter soon, today I hope. If you haven’t signed up for it there’s a box on the side of this blog.

Speaking of email here are our addresses:

afutureandahope@gmail.com (Johnny, mine.)
back2kenya@gmail.com (Kate’s)

Email is my favorite communication tool, though we are also on Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and phone.

www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks
www.facebook.com/kate34

johnny-brooks is my Skype id, though bear in mind that I’m on a bad connection, and so not always signed in. Just email me if you want to Skype and I’ll make sure and turn the thing on. Kate is purechristianity

www.twitter.com/johnnybrooks (Though I still haven’t figured out why anyone uses Twitter.)


Why Me?

Back in December I was able to get an IPad 2, in fact two of them. I took the black one and Kate the white.

In no time at all I was doing 80% of my computing on the thing. Found lots of cool apps, uses for a more portable computer, and even one or two fun games. Synched music, learned how to use a touch screen, and even was organizing my gardening with Evernote.

Till one day it stopped charging. After determining it was not a problem with the plug, I decided to take it back for service/replacement.

Three weeks later I found myself in Nairobi, and at the official Apple dealer. Warranty still in effect, I figured they would replace it or fix it. Whichever, as long as it works when I get it back.

It will take three to four weeks for that to happen, or at least that is how it normally works according to the service dude.

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

 

 

P.S. I’m aware this is not a big problem. In our lives/ministry we deal with such humongous and monstrous problems that every now and then I like to think on the small ones.


December Newsletter

Kate has written a newsletter for December. We only send these out via email (it’s just too expensive to send regular newsletter via the postal service.) If you are not on the list and would like to be fill out the form, which you can find in the left hand column. Do it soon, as December is right around the corner.

Also we are on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks

www.facebook.com/kate34

I have a twitter account as well, though I have not been able to twitterize my life:

twitter.com/johnnybrooks


Staying in Touch

It’s a been a rainy day here in Nakuru, which is not a bad thing. Good for the farmers and my lawn. Though I am feeling a bit cold (fighting whatever virus is making it’s way through our family.) Good evening for a movie or a few t.v. shows.

Want to remind everyone of the ways in which you can reach us here in Nakuru, Kenya:

Via this here blog. Just add a comment and we will reply.

Via email: afutureandahope@gmail.com for me (Johnny) and back2kenya@gmail.com for Kate

Via Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks and www.facebook.com/kate34

Via Skype: I am johnny-brooks (send me a note that you want to connect on Skype. I don’t keep it on all the time.) Kate is purechristianity

Via telephone: Our country code is 254 then for me 723 743 212 and Kate is 723 687 644

Via the post office: Our Kenyan address is:

P.O. Box 2974
Nakuru 20100
Kenya

U.S. address for donations is:

Kenya Fund
713 West First Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

 

I think that about covers it.


My Life, A Video Series by Kate Brooks

Kate is recording little snippets of her life using her new Android Ideos phone we got a few weeks back. Keep in mind these are shot with a phone, so don’t expect quality. What she is going for is exposure, a glimpse into her life. Make sure you subscribe to Kate’s YouTube channel to stay informed of new videos.

Here are some of her videos:


Mass Email

I sent out an email to our mailing list today, only I accidently selected the wrong field for choosing who gets the list. So some people didn’t get it, and some folks who had requested to not get it got it. Anyway it was a technical error on my part, or really I should just blame it on my wife and kids. They do constantly interrupt me all day long, mistakes are bound to happen.

 

If you missed it here is the text of the email:

 

I had this crazy idea of forgoing the mass monthly email and relying on the blog and social media to communicate with everyone. Turns out, not everyone reads the blog regularly nor are all of you on Facebook. So here we are, reunited like long lost relatives.

I want to reiterate my promise to not bombard you with requests for funds. Surely finances will come up from time to time in these emails, but hopefully we can keep the begging to a minimum.

These emails, which will typically occur once a month, are to serve as a reminder; A reminder to think about us, pray for us, send checks, and to check out the blog (and Facebook.) Should you wish to be removed from this email list, just send me a note and I will delete you. Please forward our info to as many people as you think would be interested in what we are doing here in Kenya. We are always interested in meeting new people.

Our blog is running strong; we update it several times a week. It has evolved to be more about the project and less about theology or religion. I do from time to time pontificate on those subject matters; however, you are free to ignore my ramblings. Our blog is the best way to keep abreast of what is going on. Feel free to visit and leave a few comments.

We use Facebook primarily as a way to keep our sanity. It’s an avenue for relationships with people from our own culture and language. We are real people and our updates, comments, photos, etc. reflect our humanity. Here are our Facebook links:

www.facebook.com/kate34
www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks

I can say we are living our dream here in Kenya, a dream that would not be possible without the support of our friends. Never assume we are too busy to answer an email, phone call, Skype call, or Facebook post. We need those things, and hopefully have something to offer others as well.

Many Blessings,

Johnny Brooks

www.purechristianity.blogs.com


Social Media

Facebook has revolutionized our lives. I’m not sure Kate and I could have survived here in Kenya had we not started to use social media. We were very lonely, cut off from all that we knew and those that we loved.

Certainly we love and appreciate the African cultures that we interact with here, but the very color of our skin (something we have no control over) limits our ability to assimilate into those cultures. Not to mention that we simply do not appreciate all aspects of those ways of life, like polygamy or circumcision.

Facebook allows us to connect to people from our own culture, as well as people from other cultures. Even Kenyan friends are popping up on Facebook now.

Not only can we share photos, witty updates, videos, and what day of the week it is; it has actually changed us.

We are not living the same way we were before using Facebook and this blog. It has created a new culture for us.

I believe for the better. I know and love so many more people now, mostly because I have a venue to know them through. Without social media I wouldn’t know most of you. I like you guys, and am glad to know you.

I truly don’t understand those updates about how one is spending too much time on Facebook or the internet. I mean let’s ignore the fact that the person is using the very thing they complain about to complain, I just don’t see why building relationships or enjoying one’s self is all that bad. It’s not bad, it’s good.

Feel free to connect with us. Links are in the right hand column.